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 Nobel Prize Winners
"The Dalai Lama" 
by Lisa DeWitt


The Dalai Lama
(1935   -

 )


Tibetan Buddhist monk, monarch, and religious leader

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating "peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual
respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural
heritage of his people.


 The Fourteenth Dalai Lama says of himself, "I am a simple Buddhist monk, no more, no less." But to the people of Tibet, he is their monarch and religious leader. The title, "Dalai Lama" means "Ocean of Wisdom." The followers of Buddha believe he is the reincarnation of the first "Buddha of Mercy," who appeared in 1391 and whose purpose was and continues to be to protect all living beings. When one Dalai Lama dies another is born to continue to help mankind. To the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama represents the Tibetan way of life.

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama was born on June 6, 1935, in the small farming village of Taktser, Tibet. Taktser is about 9,000 feet above the sea, and the people grow wheat and barley. The Dalai Lama was born into a large family and lived as a farmer's son until he was four years old.

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama died in 1933, and the search began for the Fourteenth. The Lamaist monks searched the many towns and villages of Tibet. They came to Taktser, and after passing several tests the two-year-old son of a farmer was recognized as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. At the age of four-and-a-half, he was formally recognized and he sat on the Lion Throne in the holy city of Lhasa as the ruler of Tibet. The young Dalai Lama was educated in the thousand-room Potala Palace overlooking Lhasa. His family did not live in the Palace with him; they lived in a house near the Palace, and he visited them at least once a month.

In 1950, when the Dalai Lama was fifteen, the Chinese Communist armies of Mao Tse-Tung invaded Tibet. The Communists claimed that Tibet was part of China. The Tibetans, however, claimed that racially, culturally, and geographically they were a separate country. In 1959, the Dalai Lama went into exile in India. The Chinese Communist domination continues today, and the Tibetans continue to suffer. The Dalai Lama says:
I would dare say that no people have suffered more since the Second World War; and their sufferings have not ended, they are continuing every day, and they will continue until the Chinese leave our country, or until Tibetans have ceased to exist as a race or as a religious community.

 The Dalai Lama has tried for over thirty years to keep the world interested in the cause of Tibet's independence, even though he continues to live in exile in India. In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating "peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people."

Honoring the Dalai Lama can be seen as the world's support for Tibetan freedom. The Dalai Lama himself has expressed his hope in this way:
My hope rests in the courage of the Tibetans, and the love of truth and justice which is still in the heart of the human race; and my faith is in the compassion of Lord Buddha.

See below for Listening Exercise 5.


Copyright ©1991 by Lisa DeWitt
Published by Pro Lingua Associates
Brattleboro, VT USA 800-366-4775

 Listening Exercise 5

The
Dalai Lama
 Key Words:  
 New  Old
 protect  religion
 search, searched  leader
 claimed  die
 racially, race  born
 exile  mankind
 cause  recognize
 honoring  educate
 support  suffer
 expressed  award
   peace
   prize
   advocate
   free
   courage
   human
   compassion

Cloze exercises below


The Dalai Lama
 The Fourteenth Dalai Lama says of himself, "I am a simple Buddhist monk, no more, no less." But to the people of Tibet, he is their monarch and _____________ _____________. The title, "Dalai Lama" means "Ocean of Wisdom." The followers of Buddha believe he is the reincarnation of the first "Buddha of Mercy," who appeared in 1391 and whose purpose was and continues to be to _____________ all living beings. When one Dalai Lama _____________ another is _____________to continue to help _____________. To the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama represents the Tibetan way of life.

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama was _____________ on June 6, 1935, in the small farming village of Taktser, Tibet. Taktser is about 9,000 feet above the sea, and the people grow wheat and barley. The Dalai Lama was _____________ into a large family and lived as a farmer's son until he was four years old.

The Thirteenth Dalai Lama _____________ in 1933, and the _____________ began for the Fourteenth. The Lamaist monks _____________ the many towns and villages of Tibet. They came to Taktser, and after passing several tests the two-year-old son of a farmer was _____________ as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. At the age of four-and-a-half, he was formally _____________ and he sat on the Lion Throne in the holy city of Lhasa as the ruler of Tibet. The young Dalai Lama was _____________ in the thousand-room Potala Palace overlooking Lhasa. His family did not live in the Palace with him; they lived in a house near the Palace, and he visited them at least once a month.

In 1950, when the Dalai Lama was fifteen, the Chinese Communist armies of Mao Tse-Tung invaded Tibet. The Communists _____________that Tibet was part of China. The Tibetans, however, _____________ that _____________, culturally, and geographically they were a separate country. In 1959, the Dalai Lama went into _____________ in India. The Chinese Communist domination continues today, and the Tibetans continue to _____________. The Dalai Lama says:

I would dare say that no people have _____________ more since the Second World War; and their _____________ have not ended, they are continuing every day, and they will continue until the Chinese leave our country, or until Tibetans have ceased to exist as a _____________ or as a _____________ community.

 The Dalai Lama has tried for over thirty years to keep the world interested in the_____________of Tibet's independence, even though he continues to live in _____________in India. In 1989, the Dalai Lama was _____________ the Nobel Peace _____________ for _____________ "_____________ solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people."

_____________ the Dalai Lama can be seen as the world's _____________ for Tibetan _____________. The Dalai Lama himself has _____________ his hope in this way:

My hope rests in the _____________of the Tibetans, and the love of truth and _____________ which is still in the heart of the _____________ _____________; and my faith is in the _____________ of Lord Buddha.

Copyright ©1991 by Lisa DeWitt
Published by Pro Lingua Associates
Brattleboro, VT USA 800-366-4775




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